Scott Towers, a 14-story building formerly located at 511 Augusta Street, was imploded on Sunday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. The Greenville Housing Authority held a brief ceremony to recognize former Greenville Housing Authority board members who served when Scott Towers was constructed. The implosion lasted 12 seconds, and all roads were reopened by 11:15 a.m.
Once it has been deemed safe, the site will be turned over to the Greenville City Fire Department. Fire department personnel will then begin using heavy equipment to prep what is expected to be a 30-foot pile of debris for a series of large-scale community disaster response exercises that will take place throughout the remainder of the week.
According to Greenville City Fire Chief Stephen Kovalcik, the implosion and resulting site present a unique opportunity for area fire, law enforcement and medical services personnel to practice interagency communication and unified command and for first responders to conduct tactical operations for HazMat/WMD and technical rescue. "Our regions operational capabilities are exceptional and proven on a regular basis," said Kovalcik. "The challenges this large-scale event provides can seldom be duplicated and will provide us the experience required to manage incidents that are the results of catastrophic events such as a hurricane, earthquake or wildland fire, and should be considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."